Summer 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The Samurai of Japan in Film and Literature.
This class will explore the historical role of the samurai class in Japan as well as its portrayal in literature and film. Students will study the legendary swordsman Musashi and read his famous Book of the Five Rings. We will also study the story of the 47 ronin, Japan's national legend and compare and contrast the version of events in the historical documents with the rendering of the story in film and literature. Students will have the opportunity to view and critique some of the most well acclaimed films of the Japanese cinema in the twentieth century, including Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yamada's Twilight Samurai, winner of 12 Japanese academy awards.
Hiraoki Sato - Legends of the Samurai
Eji Yoshikawa Musashi
John Allyn, The Story of the 47 Ronin
Other TBD on Course Reserve
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Weekly reading quizzes